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MAKING MASKS MORE COMFORTABLE

Oct 23, 2020 LifeWear
This year, we've all had to face coming to terms with new ways of living and new ways of approaching everyday life. Just one part of these challenging new circumstances sees many of us wearing protective masks as a part of our daily routines.

For some, wearing a mask for long periods of time can sometimes feel quite cumbersome or uncomfortable.

To better help you through your everyday, we've compiled a handy list of tips and tricks we hope will make wearing masks a little more comfortable and manageable, so you can get on with your day in the easiest way possible.


MAKE SURE IT'S A GOOD FIT


Masks come in all shapes and sizes and often you might have the choice of purchasing small, medium or large mask sizes. When putting your mask on, ensure you place it over your nose and mouth and check the fabric secures beneath the chin.

See how the mask fits. Does it sit snugly against the sides of your face? Can you breathe easily? Does it feel comfortable? If so, that's great. It sounds like your mask is a good fit for you.

If not, it might be worth looking at a different sized mask to find the right fit for you. Make sure the mask fits close to the face for optimal performance.

FOLLOW BEST PRACTICE


To make sure your mask is doing the best job it can, remember to wash your hands before your pop it on. It's often recommended to wash your hands for at least twenty seconds, or by the time you've sung happy birthday to yourself twice. Extra points if it's actually your birthday!

It is also advised to don or remove the mask by touching only the ear loops or ties, avoiding touching the fabric itself. Once you've come back home or you're done with the mask, pop it in the washing machine and make sure all your reusable masks are freshly washed before using again. Not only does it feel fresher and cleaner against the skin, it's more hygienic and reduces the risk of contamination.


TOO HOT?


The choice of material in your masks can be important for a number of reasons.

For the sake of your comfort and your safety, it's a good idea to choose a fabric that permits breathability to keep you cool while also retaining effective particle filtration properties. Many masks are made from quality cotton, but why not try a number of different mask types to see which fabric works best for you?

If you've got long hair, it also helps to keep it tied up in a ponytail to stop you overheating while you're wearing your mask.

AVOID FOGGY GLASSES


If you've worn a face mask at the same time as your regular glasses or even a pair of sunglasses, you might have noticed your lenses fog very quickly. This is usually a result of gaps between your mask and your face allowing breath to escape and heat the outsides of your glasses.

The simplest solution is to find a mask that fits a little closer to the face, eliminating these gaps and simultaneously providing a more comfortable fit.

You could also try slightly dampening a clean tissue, folding it and placing it beneath the top half of the mask. The tissue absorbs some escaping moisture to reduce the fogging effect.

Alternatively, you could try a time-tested trick favoured by health workers who wear glasses with masks. Try sourcing micropore surgical tape (which is friendly to skin) and fix the top edge of your mask to the bridge of your nose. This keeps the mask securely in place while minimising air gaps.

Please note: this article should not be treated as a replacement for professional medical advice. Please always refer to your doctor with any questions pertaining to health or physical wellbeing. If any advice on this page contradicts the advice of a medical professional, please follow the recommendations of a medical professional.